White Cane Safety Day
The Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired will be celebrating White Cane Safety Day on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Our visually impaired and blind students will commemorate the freedom, independence, and mobility symbolized by the use of the long white cane. A variety of activities including a picnic, route travel, scavenger hunt, and other awareness activities will be held in the downtown Baton Rouge area.
Below is a transcript of the Louisiana White Cane Law.
Title 46, Chapter 23, §1957. Precautions for operators of motor vehicles approaching physically disabled pedestrians
A. Operators of motor vehicles approaching a physically disabled pedestrian who is carrying a cane predominantly white in color, with or without a red tip, or a physically disabled pedestrian using an assistance dog shall take all necessary precautions to avoid injury to such pedestrian.
B. Any such operator who fails to take all necessary precautions to avoid injury to a physically disabled pedestrian shall be liable in damages for any injury caused to the pedestrian and any injury caused to the pedestrian's assistance dog.
C. No operator of a motor vehicle shall drive into or upon any crosswalk while a physically disabled pedestrian is on the crosswalk or crossing or attempting to cross the crosswalk if such pedestrian indicates his intention to cross or to continue to cross the crosswalk. Failure by the pedestrian to signal his intention to cross the crossway shall not deprive him of the right of way given to him by other applicable law or regulation.